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Will Policing Ever Be Colorblind?08/28/14
Michael Brown?s killing was not an isolated incident. The FBI reports that a white police officer kills a black person almost twice a week. A new poll shows both blacks and whites believe cops are not held accountable for excessive force or for racial...
The Islamic State and America's War on Terror
The US reportedly is mobilizing a coalition of allies for possible military action in Syria, raising uncomfortable questions. The target is not the Assad dictatorship, which the US opposes, but the extremist Islamic State?Assad?s mortal enemy. Which...
Can the US Hit the Islamic State Where It Really Hurts?
President Obama?s looking at airstrikes in Syria to slow the advance of the ultra-extremist Islamic State--a growing threat to America and its interests. But that could help Syria?s brutal dictator, Bashar al-Assad, stay in power, by helping him...
Race in America: the President?s Changing Strategy
A White House delegation attended today?s funeral for Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri. He was the unarmed, young black man killed 2 weeks ago by a white policeman. Did the President miss an opportunity by not going himself?
Social Media: a Marketing Tool for Extremism
Osama bin Laden used grainy videos and scratchy audiotape to address the world from inside a mountain cave. The Islamic State has mastered social media to disseminate shocking propaganda, attracting instant attention worldwide. The video of James...
Arrest Records and the Expanding Movement to ?Ban the Box?
Target, Wal-Mart and Bed, Bath Beyond are among the companies that no longer ask job applicants if they?ve ever been arrested. We hear why the ?ban the box? movement is spreading across the country.
Is College Still Worth It?
Does college pay off? It?s top of mind for parents and students? especially since 2012, when total student debt passed the mind-boggling landmark of one trillion dollars. Is it possible to make college more affordable for more students? We?ll grade...
Military Tactics on the Streets of America
In Ferguson, Missouri, the use of military equipment against peaceful protesters backfired on local police, producing an escalation of violence.
In Ukraine, There Will Be "No Quick Fixes"
After yesterday?s 5-hour meeting with diplomats from Ukraine and Russia, Germany?s Foreign Minister told reporters: ?things can get even worse." Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces have won enough ground to make a ceasefire unlikely ? while separatists say...
Ferguson, Missouri Tries to Get Back on Its Feet
After 5 days of escalating confrontations between protesters and local police, the Missouri Highway Patrol took charge in Ferguson last night. In a welcome change since Saturday?s police shooting of a young, black man, there were ?no road blocks, no...
The Ebola Epidemic: Disease Control and Medical Ethics
History?s worst outbreak of the Ebola virus has killed more than 1000 people. Medical officials face an ethical question: who should receive a tiny supply of drugs never tested on human beings, which might do more harm than good? We?ll give an update...
Vladimir Putin and the "Ghost Convoy"
Almost 300 Russian Army trucks, painted white, are somewhere on the road between Moscow and the Eastern Ukrainian border. Vladimir Putin calls the convoy humanitarian aid for a crisis the West is ignoring; Ukraine suspects it?s a ?Trojan Horse? to...
Tax Loopholes and "Corporate Patriotism"
US companies complain about higher taxes at home than abroad, and a growing number are fleeing to other countries to save their investors money. President Obama calls that ?unpatriotic,? and he?s threatening executive action.
Islamic State Lures US Military Back to Iraq
Two years after President Obama took the US out of combat in Iraq, he?s authorized airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State. How deeply should the US become re-engaged? Can Iraq remain a unified country?
US Warplanes are Back in Iraq
American planes have dropped food, water and medical supplies to Iraqis fleeing the ultra-fundamentalist Islamic State. There have been US air strikes against some of its forces, but the President still says, ?no boots on the ground.?
Barack Obama?s Outreach to Africa
The first African-American president waited until his second term to hold his first African summit. But this week, he hosted almost 50 African heads of state and American business leaders, hoping the US can catch up in the world?s last great emerging...
General Motors is Still in the Hotseat, but Sales are Soaring
General Motors risked its reputation by instituting a record number of recalls after news of deaths and injuries due to faulty ignition switches. The company has admitted it failed for years to address safety problems. So why are sales back to where...
Are Current Conflicts a Prelude to World War III?
From Eastern Europe to the Middle East, from Africa to the East China Sea, the world is battered by violence and threatened by instability. Can the US, the lone ?superpower,? impose order on chaos? What are the prospects for World War III?
Organized Labor is On the Run?
Wisconsin was the first state to legalize collective bargaining for public employees. Republican Governor Scott Walker has put an end to that. He survived 3 years of massive political backlash, and last week the State Supreme Court approved laws that...
Truth, Lies and the Fighting in Gaza
Today?s 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza lasted for about 90 minutes. Once again, professional journalists are caught in the middle, trying to report the claims of Israelis and Palestinians and assess their credibility. But distrust and angry emotion extends...
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